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Wednesday, November 18, 2009The Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team is the top seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, but things are going to be different this time.
Wednesday morning the Lady Bisons flew to Fort Myers, Fla., home of Florida Gulf Coast University, the tournament host. The Lady Bisons have a first round bye, but will practice Thursday and attend a mid-day banquet.
They will make their first appearance at Alico Arena Friday afternoon at 4 Central time in the semifinals against either No. 4 Belmont or No. 5. The Lady Bisons finished the conference double round-robin with a 20-0 record and a 26-3 worksheet overall.
Rounding out the field are No. 2 seed Jacksonville, No. 3 seed Florida Gulf Coast and No. 6 seed Campbell. The championship game is Saturday at 2 p.m. CST.
Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal, the 2009 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, isn’t afraid to admit that he made several mistakes last season in dealing with his team’s top seeding in the conference tournament.
“We are approaching it completely different from last year,” said Rosenthal. “Last year we over –analyzed and we over-worked. We put too much emphasis on it.”
The Lady Bisons are making their fifth trip to the Atlantic Sun Tournament. They have been in the championship game the past two seasons, losing in 2008 to Belmont and winning the title in 2007.
The Lady Bisons are approaching the tournament in the same manner they would a regular weekend series. They practiced 1 ½ hours each on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is strictly a travel day with no practice scheduled.
“We are not going to over practice,” said Rosenthal. “Without knowing who we are going to play we would be practicing just to practice. Last year we watched more video and broke down more things.
“I don’t know if that helped us. In the end, it is my job to figure out what is the best thing to do to put us in the position to win. Rest at this point is huge. We had good practices Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we are going to let them relax, catch their breath and refocus.”
Rosenthal isn’t concerned with the seedings. The motto for this season is “anyone, anytime, anywhere”. And that means even more this weekend to the Lady Bisons.
“We have believed that all year,” said Rosenthal. “We will believe it this week.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations